May 17, 2021

2020-21 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings (MLB Trade Rumors)

Opening Day is about a month away, and here at MLB Trade Rumors it’s time to look ahead to the 2020-21 free agent class.  These players are on track to become free agents after the 2020 season, but a lot can change before we reach that point.  As always, these players are ranked by my estimate of their 2020-21 open market earning power.  You can see the full list of 2020-21 MLB free agents here.

1.  Mookie Betts.  A superstar right fielder who doesn’t turn 28 until October, Betts has a shot at the largest contract in MLB history.  That record is held by Mike Trout, who agreed to a 10-year, $360MM extension with the Angels one year ago.  Trout is better than Betts and everyone else, but he didn’t subject himself to an open-market bidding war.  Bryce Harper ($330MM) and Manny Machado ($300MM) did, albeit in a colder free agent environment than the one that just closed, which awarded Gerrit Cole a surprising $324MM.  Betts, a projected 6-WAR player for the 2020 Dodgers,…

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